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Departmental Public Appointments

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which of the public appointments for which the Government Equalities Office is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit, (ii) salary, (iii) political restriction, (iv) eligibility requirement and (v) timetable for each appointment is; and what records the Government Equalities Office keeps in respect of such appointments. (254228)

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) sponsors two non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs): the Women’s National Commission (WNC) an advisory NDPB, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) an Executive NDPB.

The WNC has a board and chair totalling 16 members. The existing terms of five of the commissioners are due to end in the summer of 2009. It is expected that recruitment of between two and five commissioners will take place during 2009.

The roles of the chair and 12 commissioners of the EHRC will be renewed or filled in the next 24 months. Remit, salary eligibility requirement and timetable have yet to be confirmed.

GEO complies fully with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) guidance on political restrictions.

The remit, remuneration and further information about these posts will be made available via the public appointments website at:

http://www.publicappts-vacs.gov.uk

and the GEO website at:

http://www.equalities.gov.uk

later this year.

Records and documentation evidence of these appointments will be retained by GEO for at least two years in accordance with guidelines from OCPA.